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Council Bilingual Policy Again Causes Debate

The row over the use of the Irish language in the new shadow Newry Mourne and Down District Council has become complex and muddied and probably will not clear itself finally after a few skirmishes until after 1 April when the Council takes over from the two legacy councils. It…

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County Down Fishermen Fear They May Fall Through The Net

County Down fishermen met with DARD fisheries officials last week in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch  to discuss how they can meet the EU fish discard ban and  ensure that their nets are fishing legally. Fishermen from the three County Down ports of Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel were present….

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Come Along To The St Patrick’s Festival In Downpatrick – Myths, Magic And Music

St Patrick’s Festival Celebrates Myths, Magic and Music Wednesday 11 – Tuesday 17 March 2015. Down District Council is getting ready to host its last St Patrick’s Festival under the current Council and is pulling out all the stops to ensure there is something for everyone. The Festival will kick…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For Improvements At Newcastle’s Bogie Hill

Newcastle Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke speaking after meeting with Council officials to discuss infrastructure improvements at the Council owned Bogie Hill, Newcastle, said: “This is a very popular access onto King street and is extremely well used by walkers using the Granite trail. “Many aspects of the Bogie Hill pathway…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For Businesses To Sign Up To Green Tourism Initiative

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has urged tourism business’s to sign up to a new Green Tourism Initiative managed by BTS in partnership with Green Tourism, on behalf of Ards, Banbridge, Down and Newry  and Mourne Councils. Cllr Clarke said: “Green tourism is all about attracting visitors who put a value…

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Rogers Says North Must Embrace STEM Education Opportunities

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA, a former headmaster, has said that the North must wake up to the opportunities of STEM education or face being left behind in a global economy. Mr Rogers was speaking after visiting the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin where a number…

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Ritchie Welcomes GFA Support For Narrow Water Bridge

THE Narrow Water Bridge has become a key symbol in the cross-border regeneration of economies in South Down and in County Louth. Recently, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has spoken following a presentation to the Joint Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement by the Chambers of Commerce from…

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St Donard’s Ladies Make Presentation to Newcastle RNLI

RNLI Presentation in Newcastle

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Wildflowers – A Musical Evening in the St Patrick Centre

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Down Fizzle Out at Ballybofey

Allianz Football League Division One. Donegal 0-12   Down  0-7 IT was never going to be an easy match for Down after losing out to Tyrone last week by three points. Division One team Down with no points on the table were facing Ulster champions Donegal equally with no points…

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INVEST NI Launches New App to Promote Northern Ireland

INVEST Northern Ireland has launched a new mobile app to help promote Northern Ireland to potential inward investors. The app, which can be adapted by local councils to promote their own area, contains useful information for investors including details on infrastructure, people and skills, and cost of living.  The app…

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Check out this Toy Competition on Netmums

LOCAL parents and teachers can win a treasure trove of educational games and toys for their children with a new competition from the Northern Ireland’s most popular parenting site, Netmums. The free-to-use website has launched a resource centre containing hundreds of free print off and colour in sheets for children….

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Naomi Long To Address South Down Alliance AGM

ALLIANCE Party Deputy Leader and East Belfast MP, Naomi Long will travel to Newcastle at the end of February to address the South Down Alliance Annual General Meeting. This is Naomi Long’s first visit to Newcastle this year and she will be addressing South Down Alliance party members as well…

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Men Arrested in Downpatrick Following Burglaries

Detectives in Downpatrick have arrested a number of men following two burglaries in the Church Street and the Stream Street areas of the town. Three of those arrested aged 23, 24,and 36 were arrested following reports of suspicious activity in the Church Street area of Downpatrick around 4pm on Tuesday…

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Fishermen’s Mission Welcomes Progressive Support

THE Fishermen’s Mission which covers the three fishing ports of Kilkeel, Ardglass and Portavogie has received a £1,000 Community Award from the Progressive Building Society, the largest locally-owned mortgage lender in Northern Ireland. Delighted with the award, Mission Area Officer Maurice Lake said: “These very welcome funds will go towards…

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